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Wednesday, Noember 4, 1953
A Description 01 Mo One
Newsweek magazine this week writes off
our college generation with SO inches of
Here is how the article ends:
"Sizing up the collegians of 19S3, they
might seem dull in comparison with their
predecessors of less-troubled eras. But,
though they wanted to conform, they were
thoroughly and solidly American. Their
kind had fought two world wars for the
United States within their memory. And
they" could do It again. Most of all, they
were young and wanted' to make a million
dollars. Some of them would. And you
couldn't beat most of them anywhere else In
Must every magazine In America analyze
us? Must we be categorized like so many po
tatoes? Must writers conclude that all col
lege students are alike?
After looking around in seven colleges,
Inequity Of Sexes
Standards are set by women not by men.
So stated J. P. Colbert, dean of student af
fairs, in a speech before University coeds
The same idea was expressed last year by
C. Vln White, pastor of First Presbyterian
Church. Dr. White's statement drew a num
ber of comments, a large number supposedly
disagreeing with him.
A great deal of truth, however, must rest
In the idea that women set the standards of
society. .Else why does the University con
trol hours, overnights and other social ac
tions of coeds, while male students are placed
under few restrictions?
In general society, the truth of the idea is
easy seen. The mother is generally the cen
ter of the home, and her sense of morals be
comes standard for the chidren. It would
therefore appear that women have exerted
more influence on the morals of future gen
erations than have men.
Another factor, however, is worth consider
ing. During the last hundred years the bar
riers which have separated women and men
have been dissolving gradually. The two
sexes are in the process of attaining equality
in nearly every field.
On the way out is the so-called "double
standard" of morality. At some time in the
future the "masculine, untethered" activities
of men will perhaps be viewed in the same
light as shady conduct of women. Attitudes
Coward actions of both sexes will be modified.
At that time, the mother will work at the
office as long as the father. Curfews will
sound for men and women at the same hour
if at all. Liberal sex conduct will be viewed
in the same light for both male and female.
Social standards will be set by men and
The only difficulty encountered in this
Utopia is this: Pregnancy shows on women.
And as long as this is true, they will un
doubtedly continue to set our moral stand
Is Anyone Boss?
With all due respect to the "new" admin
. istration which is, perhaps, having difficulty
developing campaign promises into effective
policy, it remains somewhat depressing to
read headlines which continually state "Sec
retary of State Refutes Secretary of Air
Force," "Statement Denied By Cabinet Offi
cial," "Bureau Head Contradicts Congress
man" and "Senator Issues Denial."
It would seem that before the United States
can achieve any real success in world prob
lems, we ought to be able to agree on what
policy and whose policy we are following.
The administration, regardless of party, is
saddled with the responsibility of a some
what united front on various issues, and in so
doing, put Into effect the platform upon
which it was elected.
A party certainly cannot effect its prom
ises if it cannot agree( on which bureaucrat
is running which office.
When the dignity ofcabinet officials is re
duced by making, then retracting statements,
precious time and energy are wasted which
could undoubtedly be better used pushing a
The President-, while not directly respon
sible for intra-cabinet squabbles, certainly is
indirectly responsible, because the cabinet is
an extension of the presidency.
Perhaps the time has come when the Presi
dent would do well to remind his cabinet
that he is still the boss and that internal
bickering is a reflection on him as well as
In 'fact, maybe the time has come when the
President should wonder whether his sub
ordinates are even going the same direction
he is. For, if dissention and variance with
campaign statements continue to be demon
strated by cabinet activities, the people may
well wonder what direction the President
himself is going. E.D.
Newsweek comes up with these blanket state
ments 1 1. "Shrewder, more . mature than their
grandfathers, more cautious than their fath
ers, they worked harder and were more
likely to think things through." We bet our
dads would challenge that statement.
2. "Socially, economically, politically, emo
tionally and philosophically, they wanted to
conform and to have security." This is not
a special characteristic of college students;
the attitude is prevalent throughout the en
3. ". . . there was little urge among college
students to set the world on fireor even to
change it much." If we did, we'd have Sen.
McCarthy and the state legislators on our .
4. "Today's young people have1 revived
some of the rah-rah spirit which the vet and
the war killed, but it's nothing like it used to
be." The reason must be a series of poor
5. Newsweek claims that college students
have no fads and then proceeds to name a
dozen or so (including dum, da, dum, dum;
haircut patterns; "crazy," "George," "fabu
6. Following the pattern set by the veteran,
students drink "to relieve tension and bore
dom . . . This does not mean that college
drinking is heavyynow." The writer should
have been around campus last Saturday
night; a lot of people surely relieved their
7. "As far as more serious sex activity is
concerned, most administrators feel the trend
is about the same or slightly on the down
grade (students keep this information strictly
to themselves) ." ' The article ruins its own
point, of course. If the students aren't talk
ing, how can administrators know all about
their sex life?
1 The article goes on to say "Fifty per cent
of the students of one institution favored
sexual intercourse before marriage in a poll
take a few years ago; another school esti
mates that not more than 35 per cent of the
student body has intercourse during any
Following these figures indicating shady
morality, the author calmly concludes, "There
is probably more talk about a wild sex life
than the actual facts warrant." Just what
does the "talk" accuse us of?
8. "No fad was the renewed interest in re
ligion." The only support of this premise is
mention that a couple of football stars have
shown an interest in religious affairs. Should
we be convinced?
So there we are neatly wrapped up in a
package to be filed under "C" college, stu
dent, 1953. 4
Does the Newsweek description fit anybody
or any campus? Probably not.
It certainly doesn't describe the University
of Nebraska. Undoubtedly the article doesn't
even present an accurate picture of the in
dividual schools included in the survey.
Characteristics and trends on these cam
puses were lost in the "averaging-out" pro
cess. Perhaps the article describes "average stu
dents" on "average colleges." But no one is
The Nebraskan believes that articles such
as Newsweek's, while interesting, serve little
useful purpose. On the whole they are su
perficial, generalizing and limited in their
field of investigation. K.R.
A Syracuse University survey of 40 of the
"most brilliant" freshman students on cam
pus revealed that the brightest . student is
likely not to be the most popular.
The director of the study said that they
were the most maladjusted students you
could find. He added, "They had trouble
getting along with others. They tended to be
unsympathetic with those who didn't learn
Since the brilliant students are generally
conceded to be the source of leaders, their
inability at "getting along" with their fellow
students is a serious matter. Leaders with
no followers are a losing group.
Perhaps schools ought to make an adjust
ment in their definition of "brilliance." Stu
dents could be right when they assume bril
liant student is necessarily the cold, bookish,
At any rate, the problem is serious. Our
top-ranking students are repulsive to the
. vrest of their book-mates. The brilliant stu
dents must make a change in their attitude
toward others;-the non-brilliants must, change
their view of their more scholarly compan
ions, or the institutions who apply the title
"brilliant" must change their judging scale.
Unless, that is, .we should like to have the
, "leaders and no followers" situation. T.W.
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A Student Can Learn
-If He Only Wants To
By COL. C. J. FRANKFORTER
Associate Professor of Chemistry
(This Is the seventh in a
weekly series of articles treat
ing the problems, issues and
challenges of the day as viewed
by representatives of various
fields of endeavor.)
Many freshmen know the line
of wprk in which they wish to
major. They recognize the value
of the study of subjects other
than those of their major field.
They desire an education and
are willing to work for it, but
there are too many individuals
who do not work.
Any student can learn any
subject. If the student has In
telligence, not necessarily a bril
liant intellect, but average or
normal mental alertness, he can
learn. If he has the will power
to apply himself, he can learn.
He may need to put In more
strenuous mental effort than an
other individual to accomplish
the same ends, but learn he can
If he so wills.
These statements are old and
obvious to every informed per
son, young or old, in or out of
a university. However, the be
havior of far too many new
students compels one to believe
that they do not realize their
importance, or recognizing, do
not care. Somewhere in the
years preceding entrance into
the University, these young peo
ple failed to .understand the
meaning of education.
This writer is at a loss to un
derstand the attitude of some
freshmen. Neither scolding nor
praise has any effect. These
people appear to be1 bored by
efforts made to aid them and
resentful if they are compelled
to do what an average student
does with evident satisfaction.
If a "quick look" in a book
furnishes an answer to a ques
tion, some students condescend
to acquire the information in
volved. If a "second look" is
needed, it is not taken. It is
too much work.
Some students will not bother
to ask questions when the op
portunity is offered. They miss
lectures, laboratories and quizzes.
There Is no evidence that "the
book was ever cracked."
These people do not worry.
They appear to believe they will
"get by" somehow: to "get by"
being all that is necessary. Is
there any valid excuse for such
Why are these people in
No doubt our freshmen wish
to be regarded as "smart,"
sophisticated young people
rather than not-so-smart chil
dren. Possibly these "sophisti
cates" are familiar with the
merits of Tom Fool or Native
Dancer or of the football teams
of Illinois or Southern Cal. May
be they know of all the "who
done it ' radio and TV shows,
but, do they know how to com
pose a simple sentence? Can
they solve the simplest problem
Written or verbal instruction,
mmy times repeated, is com
pletely ignored or only partly
read, heard or understood. Those
who ignore instructions are the
very first to "cry" because they
did not know what was wanted.
One can only wonder why
such students are in the Uni
versity. They are wasting some
one's money, their own time and
the time of their instructors.
Some young men may be fear
ful of the future. It must be
admitted that at times the future
does appear ro be forbiddingly
dark but that is no excuse for
wasting time in school.
Surely a student should try
to secure all the education pos
sible while "the getting is
good." Education gained, much
or little, information acquired,
can never be taken from one.
The individual may lose his
money but his knbwledge can
not be taken from him.
Can the student who fails to
apply himself to his school work
expect to develop into one who
will be a leader among his fel
lows in New York City or in
Pumpkin Center? Can he ever
expect to aid in solving the
problems of mankind in the
world, a nation or a tiny com
munity? Will he solve his own
That persons who attends
college because someone is pay
ing his way, because he does
not know what else to do or be
bause such attendance lessens
the chance of the Armed Serv
ices requiring his attendance de
serves little consideration.
To be a student Is a priceless
privilege for young Americans.
In how many other nations does
the average youth have this pri
vilege? We hope and pray that
our offending youngsters are
merely thoughtless that they
will "snap out of it."
Faculty personnel are uni
versally willing and happy to
aid students who try to help
themselves but they are unwill
ing to "spoon feed" the lazy, dis
interested person who will not
try to help himself who will
not accept responsibility.
Why are YOU here?
I Bridge Units Tested
j At Engineering Lab
Last Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday the first pre-cast con
crete bridge unit was tested in
the Materials Testing Lab. Per
haps some of you have noted the
beam upon passing through the
laboratory, and wondered what
It is a unit of a bridge floor
. structure 25 feet long and 3 feet
8 inches wide. One of these units
is used, longitudinally . for the
complete span of the bridge; oc
casionally they are butted end
to end to make up a multiple
This test was performed by
the State of Nebraska Depart
ment of Roads and Irrigation,
using the facilities of the De
partment of Engineering Me
chanics. The machine used was
the 400,000 lb. compression ma
chine, and it is one of the few
machines available in the United
States where a structure of this
size and shape can be tested.
' The beam weighs 12,000
pounds and consists of rein
forced concrete cast to form a
double-T section. Upon failure,
the steel reinforcing simply
passed the elastic limit and
stretched, thereby causing the
concrete to assume the shape
of the steel.
After failure, the beam re-
, mained in the shape of an arc;
mis is a strange signt to Denoia
if you have never seen concrete
"bend" to conform with the arc
of a circle.
Electric strain gauges were
used to measure strains at vari
ous points in the beam; their
operation is based on the vari
able resistance of a wire in pro
portion to length and cross sec
tion. After strains have been deter
mined the stresses are computed.
The last part of the test took 24
hours to complete and. was, run
from 11 a.m. Friday to 11 a.m.
Saturday. No doubt, interpreta
tion of the data taken will con
sume several weeks.
Well, the "Blue Print" went on
sale ten days ago, but no "Blue
Prints" have appeared as yet. It
would be easy to take off on the
people concerned with the pub
lication of the magazine, but I
know that they have worked
harder than ever this fall to meet
One significant fact remains,
however, and that is that regard
less of how hard a group of peo
ple work, someone should see to
it that their work is not in vain,
that when they have completed
their portion of the job of put
ting out a good magazine, it
should appear. Enough said.
Sigma Delta Chi Meeting,
Noon, Parlors ABC, Union
Panhellenlc Banquet, 6 p.m.,
IVCF Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Room
Journalism Convention, All
By JERRY SHARPNACK
Story: Grandma Flowers look
ed down upon her three grand
children playing on the floor
round her feet. Her soft, wrink
led face crinkled into a smile
and, laying aside the lavender
afghan, the one she had been
six months working on for her
daughter's birthday present, she
leaned over to watch the chil-
dren more closely.
They were forcing hot coals
down the throat of Bowzer the
pet Fox Terrier she had given
them for Christmas.
Grandma couldn't see what
they were doing for she was
nearly blind, so she asked. "What
are you doing, my darlings?"
"Shut your yakkin' head,"
said George, her favorite, and
hit Grandma Flowers on her
bandaged foot with the poker.
It hurt Grandma and tears
came to her twinkling old eyes.
"Ouch." she said. The children
went on with their play.'
Soon it was eight o'clock and
time1 for Grandma to go to bed.
But as she hobbled towards the
kitchen- for her sweet warm milk
and crackers, she dropped the
lavender afghan. Before she
could retrieve it George had
thrown it into the fireplace.
Grandma didn't see what had
happened to' it and started crawl?
ing about on the floor trying to
George told her he knew where
it was and then aimed her to
wards the fireplace which she
then nearly crawled into before
realizing where she was. The
children howled with glee at this
and George kicked her band
aged foot. They then hopped
upon her back and demanded
a "horse-back" ride.
The merriment, however, was
halted before Grandma collapsed
by the entrance of Lolly Belle,
Grandma Flowers' daughter.
"What are you doing to the
children?" she screamed at
Grandma and, carefully lifting
them off Grandma's back, kicked
her mother's bandaged foot.
"Crawl into the kitchen," she
said to her mother, "Frank and
I want to talk to you."
Grandma crawled to the kitch
en and pulled herself Into a
chair. "Can I have my sweet
warm milk and crackers now?"
she asked quietly.
"Sure," said Frank, "here's
your mush, ya silly old bat." And
so saying, poured the food over
Grandma's gray old head. Grand
ma blinked hereyes as droplets
of milk ran into them. She didn't
know why Frank would do that
to her. He usually just kicked
her bandaged foot.
Grandma looked so silly with
viewers ." said Frank. "You prob
ably thought you had us be
lieving you'd willed everything
to Lolly Belle and me, but we
ain't that dumb. Ya didn't say
nuttin' about your weddin' ring
in da will. I'll take it now."
"Oh, Frank," said Grandma, "I
meant to give it to you as a sur
prise, but yesterday at breakfast
I accidently dropped it into my
porridge. I swallowed it, I guess.
Oh, Frank, Lolly Belle . . .," she
said, touching her daughter's
hand and beginning to cry a
She set her lips and peered
apologetically from the floor
at her loved ones. "I'm so sorry."
, MORAL: Never trust grand
By CHICK TAYLOR
My political science professor
says that not all the teeth put
into the laws these days are wis
Jim: "Do you file your nails?"
Joe: "No I just cut them off
and throw them away."
- I won't have to look for a Job
for a while. An awful lot of
people wanted to bet I didn't
have the brains to graduate,
"I don't want any callers this
after noon," f
e o I H the I
C h a 1 r m a n
of the board
to his secre
tary. If they
b u s i n e ss is
they all say.
That afternoon a lady called
ind insisted on seeing him. .
ar, . a
his wife, she ex-
"That's what they all say," re
plied the loyal secretary.
Judge "Officer, what makes
you think this man is drunk?"
Officer "Well, Judge, I didn't
bother him when he staggered
d?wn the street or when he fell
flat on his face, but when he put
a nickle in the mailbox, looked
up at the clock on the Methodist
Church and said, 'My God, I've
lost 14 pounds,' I brought him
Then there is the television
singer with a very wide range
from high C to low V.
The English language is a
the food all over her head and ; funny thing. Tell her that time
...nninn -U 1 ' ..ill 1 ..... 1 it.
running down her pink shawl
that Frank and Lolly Belle
laughed with glee. Finally, Frank
pushed her off her chair and
that was so funny, tears came to
their eyes from laughing.
Grandma smiled a little, too,
and tried to tidy herself up a
bit with her lace hankie. This
was hard for her to do as both
her hand were thin and warped
"Let's get down to business,
stands still when you look into
her eyes and she'll adore you,
but try and tell her that her
face would stop a clockl
Sweet senior to fellow: "And
you've got something that makes
you different from other fellows
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